Wednesday April 21, 2021


Who is your favorite horse you’ve trained over the years and tell us about the most challenging horse you’ve worked with. 


While it is true that I have trained some fantastic horses in my time, Johnny Tivio will remain my favorite for the balance of my days. Lomitas, a German Thoroughbred racehorse (European Champion), would sit solidly in second place. Johnny Tivio was an absolutely unbelievable performance horse that was responsible for four of my nine World Championships.
While I personally have affected the lives of more than 50,000 horses, it is natural for some of them to rise to a memorable status. Some because they were so talented and one might say GREAT, others might become memorable because they were so overwhelmingly challenging. Until recently, Blushing ET was my most challenging and Brown Prince, my most dangerous.
In the UK, Prince of Darkness was the most challenging, and in fact was the inventor of the Monty Roberts blanket, used by more than a 1,000 horses at any one time. This is a type of padding protecting the horses at the starting stalls in the racing industry globally. Prince of Darkness was a resident of Newmarket and went on to win races and become a sire.
It is only at this current moment that I am facing what is now the most challenging individual in my entire career. Her name is Kilbride and she believes that starting stalls are simply a place where humans take horses to be ground up for dog food. Kilbride is convinced that starting stalls were invented to thin out the horse population and a place to dispose of unfavored animals.
Prince of Darkness was a ten-day job, Blushing ET was the longest ever until Kilbride at 80 days. I am now on 375 days with Kilbride and I can easily anticipate another 100 to 150. Having said that it was just this morning that Kilbride reached the highest level of her journey to accept the starting stalls. If it were any other horse I would say she would race in a week or so, but she is Kilbride.
The important factor in the Kilbride story is that this mare has been a virtual genius in bringing me an education that will assist horses from this point forward. She has taught me lessons about the use of the starting stalls that I never dreamed existed. If accepted and utilized, her lessons will help young horses for the balance of our relationship with this species.

Note: The Horses in My Life is the book that described my story with many of the horses who most influenced me.

Easy to follow textbook, From My Hands to Yours by Monty Roberts

"Nonviolent interaction with horses that lead to partnership rather than forced labor of the horse."
~ Janelle R.
A day in 2021: One-on-one distance coaching session with Monty!
May 3, 2021: Horsemanship 101
May 17 to 19, 2021: Module 2 - Join-Up
May 22, 2021: Horsemanship 101 
May 28 to 30, 2021: Horse Sense & Healing
June 7 to 11, 2021: Gentling Wild Horses
Fifth generation Texas cowboy Scott Knudsen joins us to talk about being a success in the horse business without sacrificing happiness. Anita Motion and Monty Roberts get together to talk about transitioning racing Thoroughbreds into new careers and The Real Rider Cup, a charity horse show for OTTB’s (Off the Track Thoroughbreds).

Our MRTHP adoption horses formed an integral part of our Lead-Up Youth Leadership workshop with local teens.

All of the horses in our Monty Roberts’ Mustang & Transition Horse Program have the opportunity to work with first-time horse handlers in our Veterans/First Responders and youth programs, run in partnership with Join-Up International.
A wonderful bonding experience for both horse and handler.

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Test yourself each week as I challenge you to answer the question below. I mean this. Sit down and write an answer. Don't wait for my answer next week. If you have been reading my Weekly Questions and Answers for the last six months, you should be in a position to do this. Send your answer to my team at: 
Why should you bother? Because it will help you focus. There is probably a comparable question in your life that needs answering... or will be. If you can gain insight into how to go about answering a practical question that is loosely related to your problem, this exercise will help you answer your nagging question. Then read my answer. I want all of my students to learn to be better trainers than me.That's good for you and good for horses! 
~ Monty 

Who inspires you?